4 More Major Upcoming Construction Events go Digital: Autodesk University – ASCE Event- CRETECH and Construct


autodesk university
Courtesy Autodesk

Diversity in construction shows depicts the innate diversity in the construction sector itself. However, there is one unique conference known as Autodesk University, that is related to technological innovations which are changing the momentum and future of the construction sector. Due to COVID-19, this event will be online from 17 to 20 November 2020. The event has been divided into two regions as follows.

  • North and South America (November 17-20)
  • Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific (November 18-20)

The event has been divided into three major themes

  • Learn from experts (Learn directly from the astute professionals of the construction industry by attending Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and roundtables)
  • Connect with Autodesk (Meet and interact with Autodesk professionals to know about the existing solutions and upcoming software. You can also share your experience with Autodesk Applications)
  • Discover your new possible (Learn about new technologies, trends, and application through several Keynote speeches, product briefings, and insightful tech talks.

According to Lisa Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer, Autodesk, they are also evaluating ways to digitize our pre-conference events, including the Leadership Forum, Connect & Construct Summit, and Forge DevCon. As the event is going to be online and it will be free of cost for all the attendees. However, one needs to register before attending the event and registration will open in mid-September. According to the press release by the Autodesk conducting the completely digital experience will be the first time experience for them, but they will try to be innovative and extend their capabilities to support and empower our customers by all means, and not just in the context of their AU conferences but throughout the year.

Autodesk is one of the leading companies in the world that are providing solutions not only to the construction sector but also in the Media and entertainment industry coupled with product design and manufacturing domain as well. AU 2020 is all set to share the finest experiences by professionals from across the globe and some case studies. According to Autodesk, they are hoping to grow and improve with the AU event. It’s all about innovation and technology to make the design process better and fast.

You can watch the AU 2019 Presentations and videos here. It is quite a comprehensive collection of videos. For further updates, links and registration please follow the AU University Homepage. You can also follow the AU YouTube channel.

2. ASCE 2020 Convention (Digital)

American Society of Civil Engineers
Courtesy American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Convention is the society’s prestigious annual event in which all members of the society join to develop synergies, discuss the trends, research, and future of the profession. ASCE is proud to say that they have their members across the globe in all the continents which makes them among the highly diverse societies of the world. Considering the health and safety of the participants the event will be held virtually from October 28-30, 2020, and from October 6-9,2021 in Illinois, Chicago. The program for the Convention will be an integrated, cross-cultural, technical, and educational nature.

To attend the event and associated sessions you need to be registered and for that, there are different plans for students, educators, companies, and members. You can get all the information from the registration page.

The schedule of the event is given below

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020


11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Opening Plenary Session & Keynote

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall

12:10 pm – 1:10 pm

Inclusion: Become a Change Agent To Rise Together

1:20 pm – 2:10 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:20 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebration of Leaders

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

ASCE Annual Membership Meeting & Society Awards

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:10 pm – 3:20 pm

Industry Leaders Forum

3:40 pm – 4:40 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4:40 pm – 6:00 pm

Community Happy Hour

Friday, Oct.  30, 2020

11:00 am – 11:50 am

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Closing Plenary Session

Time is as per the EST.

Details of the concurrent sessions can be found here. Details of the keynote and closing Plenary session can be seen here. There will be a virtual exhibition hall for the exhibitors who can book the place and can take advantage of the event for their outreach. Details are published here.
You can be a sponsor for the ASCE 2020 Convention and the Annual Innovation Contest. For more information on sponsorship and exhibit opportunities, please contact Sean Scully ([email protected]) or call at 703-295-6154.

Following are the convention topics

  • State of the Industry and Profession
  • Professional Development
  • Multi-disciplinary Technical aspects
  • Natural and Man-Made Disasters
  • Public policy
  • Significant projects
  • History and Heritage.

Highlights of the 2019 Event can be checked here.

3. Reimagining Real Estate Sustainability Summit

Courtesy CRETECH
Courtesy CRETECH

CREtech is one of the largest international community of professionals devoted to technological innovation in the real estate sector. They will host the world’s largest real estate tech event virtually focused on sustainability and it will have two parts.

Part One: The US Perspective, Sept 29-Oct 1, 2020
Part Two: The European Perspective, Oct 7-8, 2020

The prestigious panel of speakers and co-chairs can be found here. Co-chairs include Julie Hirigoyen (Chief Executive of UK Green Building Council), Brendan Wallace (Co-Founder and Managing Partner Fifth Wall), Melanie Leech (Chief Executive British Property Federation), and Lindsay Baker(Sustainability & Social Impact Leader Consultant, CREtech Global Innovation Consulting Practice).

If you consider that you have something amazing to share and valuable for the audience you can apply to become a speaker here. To become a sponsor or exhibitor you can apply here. The summit will provide opportunities to connect with people across the globe, learning from the best professionals, connect with tech companies offering different solutions and virtual exhibit halls. The summit focus will be related to the following topics

  • How buildings can be re-opened safely?
  • How cities must adapt to new distancing expectations?
  • How corporations must lead to change the future?
  • How technology can help to work in a healthy and safe way?

Michael Beckerman, CEO, CREtech said that he is proud of taking the initiative of this summit. He is optimistic about bringing change for future generations and this summit will share insights on some of the solutions. The event is free for most of the audience only the tech companies must pay 200 Euros each to attend the summit. As an attendee, you will be able to move in and out of rooms just like an in-person event and enjoy the content and connections throughout. If you miss the event all the events will be available on-demand after a week following the event on payment.

4. Construct


CONSTRUCT is an expo and educational event for the construction industry stakeholders. It will consist of three days of educational programs and two days of the expo in which industry leaders, students, professionals, and companies will participate with a common goal of educating and inspiring for the betterment of the industry. During the event, you will have the chance to meet industry peers, networking opportunities, continuing educational hours/credits, live demos, and products from top manufacturers. During the 3-day educational sessions, you can earn up to 15 educational credit hours. The Schedule of events can be seen here. The event will start on September 30th and will conclude o 9th October 2020.

Show features Include

  • 50+ Accredited Educational Sessions
  • Interactive Luncheon
  • Over 175 Exhibitors in the Expo Hall
  • Demo & Learning Theater
  • Networking and Social Events

This year’s event will focus on the COVID-19 and its impacts on human health regarding the built environment. That’s why the website has been updated for the COVID related guidelines published by prestigious institutes, including AIA, AGC, and WHO.

The educational hours will be valid for the AIA, BOMI, CSI, GBCI, ICC, IIBEC, and NARI. Whether you are an architect, design professional, specifier, contractor, project manager, product rep, engineer, or building owner/manager, new to the industry or with 20+ years of experience – we have the education that you need!. The educational advisory committee of the CONSTRUCT consists of the finest and seasoned professionals to develop the educational programs. The team carefully craft the educational sessions keeping in view the latest challenges, opportunities, and educational needs facing our participants. If you are interested in joining the CONSTRUCT Education Advisory Council, please contact – Jennifer Hughes at [email protected]

There will be an exclusive expo hall in which you will have the chance to get the live demonstration of products, equipment, and finish materials exhibited by the leading companies. You can share ideas in the Education Networking Lounge or interact with other professionals in small-group discussions in the NEW Content and Connections Lounge. Furthermore, you can hang out with friends old and new at the CONSTRUCT Happy Hour, CSI Celebrates! or at the Farewell Fiesta party on the show floor. AEC professionals can refine their skills and enhance the knowledge that will in turn give them a competitive edge in their field.

There will be special events during the conference, and you can register for them here. These events are a mix of free and paid events. Expo hall provides opportunities for the industry people to showcase their products and they can get the place on payment. The process and details can be found here. For full event registration and education opportunities please register here. The conference has many free events as well in different categories and you can check them in the relevant sections. Each category has further sub-events for specific needs and customized considering the diversity of the event. There are special discounts for CSI members. CSI is the official partner of the CONSTRUCT.